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Celebrating the life of

Nancy Johnson Marxsen

Passed away on December 10, 2019

Nancy Johnson Marxsen

Nancy Johnson Marxsen, daughter of Thomas and Edith Askew Johnson, married the son of Edith’s best friend and bridge partner, taking his dare after just several dates.  Her newlywed husband, Craig Sutcliffe Marxsen, found almost immediate favor with her two brothers, Thomas Johnson III and William Johnson, and her sister, Edith Johnson (Scrap).

Nancy later watched her husband receive a Ph.D. from Georgia State University after typing his dissertation for him.  Nancy went on to serve has her husband’s research assistant and housewife, accompanying him to the office nearly every day for the last 24 years of his Professor career which he spent at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  Nancy also enjoyed being a part time college student during her husband’s years at West Georgia College and at Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas.

She celebrated her 44th wedding anniversary in October of 2019, while a resident of Summer Breeze on Wilmington Island.  Nancy published a book of recipes while living in Nebraska and served as the President of the Library Board for the public library in Kearney, Nebraska.  She served as President of the Faculty Wives Club at Texas A&M in Kingsville.  Nancy turned down an invitation to become a reporter/journalist for the Kearney Hub, the town’s local newspaper.  Instead, Nancy relentlessly searched for research source materials for her husband’s academic publication efforts and she made some strikingly good finds.  Her efforts resulted ultimately in much successful publishing by her husband who was promoted to Full Professor before the couple took an early retirement in 2011.

Nancy was a pretty woman who never said no to her husband; he brags that Nancy was the only women he trusted to go shooting with him when he knew she was mad at him for some reason or another.

A memorial service will be will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel.

 

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Nancy was a wonderful presence and Cel and I delighted in her company both visiting in Kearney as well as in Savannah. Our condolences for your moment of challenge and assurances for a continuing rich and rewarding life until you two are together again. Roger and Cel Davis, Kearney, NE

- Roger P. Davis, 2507 11th Ave, Kearney, Nebraska


Craig, We were having a pot-luck in the Econ conference room when Karl told us the sad news. I had just been thinking about the wonderful treats Nancy used to bring to those festive gatherings. I'm glad you had some time together in your beloved Georgia after leaving the winter cold of Nebraska. My daughters and I extend our deepest sympathies.

- Allan Jenkins, Kearney, Ne


Nancy was such a lady. I so enjoyed getting acquainted with her and loved to hear her southern accent. She was so dedicated to you, Craig. It was beautiful to see the love in her eyes. My condolences to you.

- Penny Larsen, Kearney, NE


Dear Craig, We all missed you and Nancy when you moved to Georgia. I know life will be different for you with Nancy gone. If there is one person who was prepared to meet her maker it was her. I always admired the way she studied the Bible. Penny and I will always try to copy your love for each other! Take care! Ted and Penny Larsen

- Ted Larsen, KEARNEY, NE


Craig, I am so sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. I will never forget her cheerful and gentle disposition at all times. May she rest in peace!

- Sri Seshadri, Kearney, NE,


Hi, Craig My sincere condolences on the loss of your wife, Nancy. You two were inseparable and I almost considered her another faculty member here at UNK. It was clear you had a deep affection and appreciation for one another. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. Kyle Luthans

- Kyle Luthans, Kearney, NE


Dear Craig: Nanny stood by you in thick and thin and was a wonderful assistant helping you find relevant research. She made many pies and cakes for the Econ Department and was always upbeat and joyful. She even developed some shooting skills as the two of you made many trips to smaller towns in the Kearney area to practice your shooting skills. Sandy and I will remember her as a kind and compassionate person and we will miss her. Dick and Sandy Lebsack

- Dick and Sandy Lebsack, Kearney, NE


R.I.P., Nance. Thanks for all the Thanksgiving dinners in Kearney, among other things.

- Tom Johnson, Ormond Beach, Florida


Craig, We are so sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. She was a true southern lady and I feel blessed to have known her. Connie and Joel

- Connie and Joel Fie, Kearney, NE


Craig, we are sorry for your loss. Nancy was such an amazing woman. Her courageous smile will be missed. We pray you will find comfort and peace at this difficult time. God bless. Steve and Melane

- Steve and Melane Hall, Kearney, Nebraska


I'm sorry to hear of Nancy's death. I enjoyed knowing her and Craig while they lived in Kearney. She was a lovely person, and I considered her a friend.

- Kari Anderson, Kearney, NE


Dear Craig & loved ones, What a beautiful tribute. I’m so sorry that I didn’t meet Nan, but of course Gram Lennon had a way of uniting all of her loved ones through photos & stories. Craig, I know your love for Nanny was deep & true. I will keep you in my thoughts as you navigate your way through the memories, love, & grief. All of the Murphy love, Carroll

- Carroll Murphy , Jackson , Mo


I worked at Dr Pritzkers office and became to know Nancy. Always upbeat and happy even when she wasn't feeling good. She always let me know how she beat Parkinson's with a big smile upon her face and she would hold her hands up to show me that she didn't shake anymore. She and her husband, Craig made a great couple. I know she is having a great time with her Lord in heaven. God bless her family ?

- Pamela Boaen, Savannah, GA


Nancy was such a kind lady. May she Rest In Peace.

- Christy Davis, Tybee Island , GA


Nancy was a wonderful presence and Cel and I delighted in her company both visiting in Kearney as well as in Savannah. Our condolences for your moment of challenge and assurances for a continuing rich and rewarding life until you two are together again. Roger and Cel Davis, Kearney, NE

- Roger P. Davis, 2507 11th Ave, Kearney, Nebraska


Craig, We were having a pot-luck in the Econ conference room when Karl told us the sad news. I had just been thinking about the wonderful treats Nancy used to bring to those festive gatherings. I'm glad you had some time together in your beloved Georgia after leaving the winter cold of Nebraska. My daughters and I extend our deepest sympathies.

- Allan Jenkins, Kearney, Ne


Nancy was such a lady. I so enjoyed getting acquainted with her and loved to hear her southern accent. She was so dedicated to you, Craig. It was beautiful to see the love in her eyes. My condolences to you.

- Penny Larsen, Kearney, NE


Dear Craig, We all missed you and Nancy when you moved to Georgia. I know life will be different for you with Nancy gone. If there is one person who was prepared to meet her maker it was her. I always admired the way she studied the Bible. Penny and I will always try to copy your love for each other! Take care! Ted and Penny Larsen

- Ted Larsen, KEARNEY, NE


Craig, I am so sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. I will never forget her cheerful and gentle disposition at all times. May she rest in peace!

- Sri Seshadri, Kearney, NE,


Hi, Craig My sincere condolences on the loss of your wife, Nancy. You two were inseparable and I almost considered her another faculty member here at UNK. It was clear you had a deep affection and appreciation for one another. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. Kyle Luthans

- Kyle Luthans, Kearney, NE


Dear Craig: Nanny stood by you in thick and thin and was a wonderful assistant helping you find relevant research. She made many pies and cakes for the Econ Department and was always upbeat and joyful. She even developed some shooting skills as the two of you made many trips to smaller towns in the Kearney area to practice your shooting skills. Sandy and I will remember her as a kind and compassionate person and we will miss her. Dick and Sandy Lebsack

- Dick and Sandy Lebsack, Kearney, NE


R.I.P., Nance. Thanks for all the Thanksgiving dinners in Kearney, among other things.

- Tom Johnson, Ormond Beach, Florida


Craig, We are so sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. She was a true southern lady and I feel blessed to have known her. Connie and Joel

- Connie and Joel Fie, Kearney, NE


Craig, we are sorry for your loss. Nancy was such an amazing woman. Her courageous smile will be missed. We pray you will find comfort and peace at this difficult time. God bless. Steve and Melane

- Steve and Melane Hall, Kearney, Nebraska


I'm sorry to hear of Nancy's death. I enjoyed knowing her and Craig while they lived in Kearney. She was a lovely person, and I considered her a friend.

- Kari Anderson, Kearney, NE


Dear Craig & loved ones, What a beautiful tribute. I’m so sorry that I didn’t meet Nan, but of course Gram Lennon had a way of uniting all of her loved ones through photos & stories. Craig, I know your love for Nanny was deep & true. I will keep you in my thoughts as you navigate your way through the memories, love, & grief. All of the Murphy love, Carroll

- Carroll Murphy , Jackson , Mo


I worked at Dr Pritzkers office and became to know Nancy. Always upbeat and happy even when she wasn't feeling good. She always let me know how she beat Parkinson's with a big smile upon her face and she would hold her hands up to show me that she didn't shake anymore. She and her husband, Craig made a great couple. I know she is having a great time with her Lord in heaven. God bless her family ?

- Pamela Boaen, Savannah, GA


Nancy was such a kind lady. May she Rest In Peace.

- Christy Davis, Tybee Island , GA


Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
912-898-0900